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Bluffton's Nimmer qualifies for US Junior Amateur

Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer shot back-to-back even-par 71s Monday and Tuesday at University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Nimmer, a rising senior at Hilton Head Christian Academy, is the No. 2 junior in South Carolina as of the May 30 rankings and is coming off a win in the AJGA's IJGA Junior Open at Chechessee Creek Club last week.

The 36-hole qualifier was supposed to conclude Monday, but weather forced the second 18 holes to be pushed back to Tuesday morning.

Nimmer, a Clemson commit, finished third behind Georgia Southern commit Steven Fisk of Stockbridge, Ga. (4-under 69-69--138) and Georgia commit Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga. (3-under 69-70--139). Luukas Alakulppi finished fourth for the final qualifying spot.

Bluffton's Trace Crowe, Nimmer's HHCA teammate, failed to qualify, shooting a 7-over 149.

Hilton Head Island's WIll Miles is the first alternate from the qualifier held Monday at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. Miles shot a two-round total of 1-over 71-70--141 to finish a shot out of the final third qualifying spot.

The 67th annual U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be held July 21 to 26 at The Club at Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas. Entries were open to amateur golfers who will not have reached their 18th birthday on or before July 22, 2013, and who have a USGA handicap index not exceeding 6.4.

The U.S. Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association.

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